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KitchenAid KCMS145J Microwave Door Latch Broke

Push door latch in and door does not pop open. Can not open door. What part do I need? How do I get inside to install it?

This is a crisis as my Poodle Poco has to have his good stuff warmed!

Thanks for your help.

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I downloaded a parts schematic of the door latch assembly and thought I would determine the broken part, order a replacement and install same. As soon as I started to remove the shell of the unit to get at the latch assembly, I discovered non-standard fasteners are used. My wife advised me to stop and take it to a service center because she did not want me to mess up the containment of the radiation! Thanks for your interest. MB

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